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Fritillaria pudica  (Pursh) Spreng.
Gold bell,   Yellow fritillary
Fritillaria pudica is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Fritillaria
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSLilium pudicum
PLANTSOchrocodon pudicus
Information about  Fritillaria pudica from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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USDA PLANTS Profile (FRPU2)

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[Wikipedia] Range, Description: Fritillaria pudica, the yellow fritillary, is a small perennial plant[2] found in the sagebrush country in the western United States (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, very northern California, Nevada, northwestern Colorado, North Dakota and Utah) and Canada (Alberta and British Columbia).[3][4] It is a member of the lily family Liliaceae. Another common (but somewhat ambiguous) name is "yellow bells", since it has a bell-shaped yellow flower. It may be found in dryish, loose soil; it is amongst the first plants to flower after the snow melts, but the flower does not last very long; as the petals age, they turn a brick-red colour and begin to curl outward.[5][6][7][8][9] The flowers grow singly or in pairs on the stems, and the floral parts grow in multiples of threes.[10] The species produces a small corm, which forms corms earning the genus the nickname 'riceroot'.[10] During his historic journey, Meriwether Lewis collected a specimen while passing through Idaho in 1806.[11] The corm can be dug up and eaten fresh or cooked; it served Native Americans as a good source of food in times past,[12] and is still eaten occasionally. Today these plants are not common, so digging and eating the corms is not encouraged. The plant is called [?s?kni] in Sahaptin. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/23/2024).